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Tropers: The Fugees

Famous hip-hop trio from The Nineties. The members of the group are rapper/singer/producer Wyclef Jean, rapper/singer/producer Lauryn Hill and rapper Pras Michel.

The group is known for jump-starting alternative hip-hop into the mainstream. Before The Fugees, most alternative hip-hop artists usually stayed in the underground. Now it's hard to get away from the scene, as roughly 50 percent of hip-hop heard on the radio is alternative.

Their first album, Blunted In Reality, is rarely acknowledged, and when it is it's just considered So Okay, It's Average. The album became an old shame for them after they released The Score in 1996. The album was critically praised and is considered a classic. Notable on the album was "Killing Me Softly", which was a Roberta Flack cover, arguably done better than the original.

After the album, the group split (on good terms) to pursue solo careers. Lauryn Hill has had the most successful, winning Grammys, releasing the album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (like The Score, considered a classic), and pushing the limits of the R&B genre. Wyclef has had a semi-successful solo career, most notable for his vocals on Santana's "Maria Maria". Pras Michel is usually ignored.

The group got back together in 2004 to do some shows. They continue to do concerts every now and then, but no word of any new material has been made.
This musical trio provides examples of:
  • Album Filler: The Score has filler moments after each song. Most of it still worth listening to, since it is pretty humorous.
  • Cover Version: Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly".
  • Face of the Band: Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean.
  • Sampled Up: "Ready or Not" contains a sample from an Enya song. She was going to sue them, but dropped the lawsuit after finding out that they weren't a gangsta rap group.
  • Signature Song: "Ready or Not"


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